Brookfield police, responding to a report of a large fight in progress at 3:56 p.m. on April 11, cited 10 people for unlawful assembly on the 3600 block of Forest Avenue, just a half hour after police dispersed several of those same people from the vicinity of Brookfield and McCormick avenues for causing a disturbance.

Four juveniles were cited for unlawful assembly, in addition to Kylin A. Collier, 17, of North Riverside; Richard A. Lopez, 17, of Brookfield; James R. Kroupa, 18, of Westchester; Camaudy D. Stone, 19, of Broadview; Xavier J. Mireles, 19 of Brookfield; and Bruno Fabbri, 21, of Chicago. When police arrived, they reported seeing subjects fleeing in different directions.

None of the subjects admitted to being involved in a disturbance, although two juveniles reportedly told police they were there to witness a fight that was supposed to have happened on the 3500 block of McCormick Avenue.

Police were called to that area about 3:20 p.m. to respond to a fight. Two North Riverside officers had stopped a black 2009 Dodge Avenger, which had reportedly been circling the area, doing U-turns, and a large group of people flashing what appeared to be gang signs. The car was driven by 29-year-old Glen L. Cathey of Broadview.

Police reported finding two knives under the seat of the car and cited Cathey twice for carrying a concealed weapon. Lopez, Collier and Stone were also detained at the scene but later released without being cited.

Brookfield police reported that no fight had occurred, but their appearance on the scene “potentially prevented a fight from happening.”

Drug arrest near high school

Brookfield police charged Cynthia Juarez, 17, of North Riverside, with three felony drug charges after she was reportedly found with two bags containing 44 grams of cannabis near Riverside-Brookfield High School at 3:30 p.m. on April 12.

Police on patrol recognized a former RB student on the 8400 block of Brookfield Avenue. The student had been expelled and ordered not to come within 1,000 feet of the school.

While talking with that person and three others, Juarez approached the officer and asked what was going on. The officer reported a strong smell of cannabis coming from Juarez and asked if she had marijuana on her person.

Police reported finding two bags of cannabis inside Juarez’s purse. She was charged with felony possession of cannabis, possession with intent to deliver and possession with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a school.

The juvenile who had been expelled was issued a ticket for trespassing within 1,000 feet of RBHS.

Rolled for recording equipment

A 27-year-old North Riverside man told police that earlier on April 17 he had been robbed of music recording equipment by three men inside his apartment on the 8700 block of Cermak Road.

According to police, the victim met one suspect outside his apartment building. The two were previously introduced by a friend and both were interested in producing rap music.

The two bought beer at a local convenience store at about 11:45 a.m. and went back to the victim’s apartment. After drinking several beers, the victim went to the bathroom. When he came out, he discovered his acquaintance had let in two other men.

One of the men held the victim down while the two others removed a recording system, two speakers, a twin turntable and six-channel mixer and a microphone. The suspects fled westbound on Cermak Road in a white station wagon.

Home burglarized

Between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on April 13, someone broke into a home on the 2300 block of 3rd Avenue, North Riverside, and removed a safe full of cash, hockey equipment, jewelry and various home electronics.

A witness told police that at about 11:15 a.m. she saw two men get into a white conversion van with green pinstriping. One of the men carried a large Easton hockey bag and a smaller bag.


Riverside police charged Chicago resident Robert B. Ross, 23, with driving under the influence after an officer reported observing him driving 66 mph in a 35-mph zone while heading northbound on First Avenue from Forest Avenue about 2:30 a.m. on April 16.

The officer also stated that at one point, Ross’ vehicle was traveling entirely in the southbound lanes of traffic and crossed the center line on a second occasion before Ross pulled over at 26th Street.

Police reported that Ross’ blood-alcohol level was .184, or more than twice the legal limit of .08. Police also reported finding a partially full bottle of gin on the passenger side floor.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 11-17, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

– Compiled by Bob Uphues